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Tonya Barnes 
Richard Campbell 
Wendy Jackson 
Violette Lacloche 
Wagaki Mwangi 
Gretchen Sidhu 

Pamela Chasek, Ph.D. 

Managing Director
Langston James Goree VI "Kimo" 

Vol. 14 No. 44
Thursday, 8 June 2000

Daily coverage of the Beijing +5 UNGASS can be 
found at



Delegates worked until 2:30 am in an attempt to clear 
remaining brackets. 


Speakers included one Vice-President, three Deputy Prime 
Ministers, 21 Ministers, and 12 Chiefs of Delegation. 
Statements can be found on the Internet at:



In paragraph 1, BANGLADESH proposed deleting "as contained 
in the report of the Conference." SUDAN, NIGERIA, the HOLY 
SRI LANKA and MEXICO agreed, if it would not appear 
elsewhere. The text was agreed.

In 2 bis, the PHILIPPINES, with CUBA, BANGLADESH, and 
EGYPT, proposed inserting "as well as the further actions 
and initiatives contained in this document" from a G-
77/China-proposed new 2 bis. The EU agreed on the condition 
that 44 bis would follow. Delegates agreed to: include the 
Philippines proposal; move 44 bis to the introduction, with 
placement pending; and note that 2 bis was agreed pending 
the document's outcome.


In EU-proposed introductory text, delegates agreed on: 
taking note of the SG's report and of the results, 
conclusions and agreements of the five regional preparatory 
meetings; and on "overcoming obstacles" and achieving the 
full "and accelerated" implementation of the PFA. The 
paragraph was agreed.    

Environment: In paragraph 25, there was no consensus on 
language linking access to technical skills, resources and 
information with achieving sustainable environmental 
decision-making. CUBA, with SYRIA and CARICOM, supported 
"foreign occupation", but JUSCANZ opposed. Delegates 
adopted references to: strategies on the differential 
treatment and implications of environmental problems, and 
the need for solutions addressing their root causes.


With minor amendments, delegates agreed to adopt contact 
group paragraphs 29, 30, 30 bis and 30 ter, on 
globalization. In paragraph 32, delegates retained 
reference to, inter alia, farm labor. Delegates supported 
EU-text on migration "to pursue many occupations;" endorsed 
text on forms of abuse, including, inter alia, inadequate 
working conditions; and deleted a reference to forced 
prostitution. EGYPT proposed, with MEXICO and NIGERIA, 
language on forms of abuse that impair enjoyment of human 
rights "and in some cases" constitute violations of human 
rights. The paragraph was agreed as amended. 

In paragraph 41, delegates accepted SLAC language on 
"stereotypical and traditional roles that limit women's 
full potential." SLAC, the HOLY SEE, NIGERIA and IRAN 
proposed deleting references to sexual and reproductive 
rights and health. BANGLADESH and SADC supported reference 
to sexual and reproductive rights. All references remain 
bracketed. The EU, CARICOM and SADC, opposed by EGYPT, 
proposed a reformulation on, inter alia, the failure to 
recognize and measure, in quantitative terms, unremunerated 
work of women, which is often not valid in national 
accounts. The text was agreed. In paragraph 42, delegates 
deleted reference to the report of the Conference. JUSCANZ 
proposed, and delegates supported, PFA language (paragraph 
213) on human rights, including the right to development. 
The paragraph was agreed.

Delegates agreed ad referendum to 43 bis, on NGOs, and EU-
proposed paragraph 52, on strong national machineries for 
the advancement of women. In 43 ter, EGYPT called for 
deletion of text on the participation of women being 
essential for, inter alia, good governance. SADC, supported 
by others, proposed its retention. JUSCANZ suggested 
language on participation as "necessary" to contribute to 
"transparent and accountable governance." The text remains 

In paragraph 44, SLAC, with others, proposed deleting 
"international" monitoring. JUSCANZ and EU suggested 
deleting "national and international." The text remains 
bracketed. Delegates agreed to delete paragraph 45, on 
endorsement of the PFA, and EU-proposed paragraph 50, on a 
gender-sensitive constitutional and legislative framework. 
Delegates agreed to paragraph 46, on ensuring women's 
participation in development, which includes: text stating 
that by adopting the PFA, governments and the international 
community agree to a common development agenda with gender 
equality and women's empowerment as underlying principles; 
and language on strengthened support systems for families. 
In paragraph 54, a reference to efforts to ensure capacity-
building and to increase transparency and accountability 
remains bracketed.



Vice-chair Patricia Flor presented contact group results, 
noting deletion of: 102(j); 107(a) ter, (c), (e) and (f); 
115 (b), (e) and (f); 127(k) bis; 137(a) and (c); and 
138(b), (e) and (f). Chair Bhattacharjee read out agreed 
sub-paragraphs. Working Group II adopted: 53 bis, on girls 
and women with disabilities; 107(a), on health challenges; 
107(g), on health legislation, policies and programmes; 
107(g) quater, on men's sexual and reproductive behavior; 
107(j) bis, on substance abuse; 115(g), on pregnant 
adolescents; 132(f), on protecting, inter alia, individuals 
engaged in promoting women's human rights; 132(g), on 
treaty body reports; 135(d), on poverty eradication; 
135(f), on the Cologne initiative and HIPC; and 138(d), on 
HIV/AIDS services. 

National Actions: In 102(b), on discriminatory provisions, 
accepted language on striving for removal by 2005. PAKISTAN 
opposed the reference, and SUDAN proposed "as soon as 
possible, preferably by 2005." The text was agreed. 

Delegates adopted 102(l), 102(m), 103(c), 104(a) and 106(b) 
with minor amendments; accepted 102(e), with the mention 
"as appropriate;" and agreed to maintain 102(n) in national 
actions. In 103(i), delegates deleted references to 
stereotypes, promotion of economic equality and 
empowerment. They agreed to create an additional 103(i) 
bis, on combating violence against women throughout their 
life cycle. Both sub-paragraphs remain bracketed. In 110(a) 
bis, delegates deleted "particularly" to avoid placing 
emphasis on rural women over other categories. The sub-
paragraph was adopted. In 114(b), TURKEY and other 
delegations supported replacing a bracketed reference to 
religious bodies and groups with "community leaders." The 
HOLY SEE opposed. IRAN suggested "religious institutions." 
EGYPT preferred, and JUSCANZ and SADC opposed, "official 
religious institutions." The reference remains bracketed.

International Actions: In 120(b), delegates opted for 
"assist" instead of "support". The EU supported referring 
to PFA follow-up. With these amendments, the sub-paragraph 
was adopted. In 121(b), PAKISTAN suggested replacing 
"mainstreaming" with "gender-sensitive training." The EU 
opposed. Delegates adopted a proposal by JAMAICA on 
"mainstreaming a gender perspective." In 122(a) bis 
PAKISTAN, LIBYA and other delegates supported the EU 
formulation. Delegates also suggested deletion of 
references to durable solutions and to "respective 
mandates" of organizations. JUSCANZ proposed replacing 
countries "hosting" with "countries which have" refugees to 
accommodate the reference to displaced people. Delegates 
preferred reference to "those with displaced persons" and 
adopted the sub-paragraph with these changes. In 122(b) 
ter, JUSCANZ and others supported using WSSD+5 language on 
peoples' right to self-determination. SYRIA called for 
keeping the reference to the UN Charter and relevant GA 
resolutions. The sub-paragraph remains bracketed. 

National and International Actions: In 125(f), delegates 
removed brackets around "comparable," "disaggregated" and 
"developing indicators" and some suggested adding "as 
appropriate" and "data by sex, age and other relevant 
factors." The EU proposed alternative language on assisting 
governments upon their request. Amendments remain 
bracketed. No agreement was reached on 130(a). In 130(f), 
delegates agreed on gender-sensitive training for 
peacekeeping missions, as appropriate, in dealing with 
violence, and placement under international actions. They 
accepted new 130(f) bis, on such training for actors, 
including police and judiciary, with placement under 
national actions. 

Delegates deleted 132(a) bis. No consensus was reached on 
132(c) on, inter alia, religion. Delegates agreed to SLAC-
reformulated 132(d), on encouraging cooperation in ensuring 
legislation is non-discriminatory, but disagreed over 
relocation. In 133(a), on cooperating in promoting human 
rights education, delegates opposed LIBYA's insertion of 
"appropriate." The sub-paragraph is pending. Debating 
133(b), on impunity, delegates agreed on strengthening 
existing mechanisms for prosecuting women's human rights 
violators. They accepted a new 133(b) bis, with language, 
inter alia, on eliminating violations of international law. 
Delegates deleted 133(c). Delegates agreed to an EU-merged 
133(d) and (e), and deletion of 133(l), on addressing the 
causes of and differences in the impact of armed conflict 
to enhance civilian protection. In 133(i), delegates agreed 
on strengthening capacity of women affected by armed 
conflict through their involvement in humanitarian 
activities. They also agreed on SLAC-reformulated 133(j), 
on seeking to ensure full and equal participation of women 
in the promotion of peace.

Delegates agreed to 133(m) bis, with SLAC proposals 
including deletion of a reference to the PFA. They accepted 
Cuba's proposed 133(m) ter with EU amendments on the arms 
trade and investment for arms production and acquisition. 
In 134(a), SLAC, JUSCANZ and the EU supported "freedom of 
expression." The HOLY SEE and LIBYA opposed. The reference 
remains bracketed. In 134(h), LIBYA opposed best practices. 
JUSCANZ, with the HOLY SEE, proposed deleting best 
practices, and specifying lessons learned from women's 
experiences, such as "Herstories." No consensus was 

In 135(b) bis, on technology transfer, JUSCANZ preferred 
"support" to "facilitate." The reference remains bracketed. 
Delegates agreed to restrictions instead of obstacles. 
IRAN, with CHINA and ETHIOPIA, objected to appropriate 
opposed, and "appropriate" remains bracketed. In the EU's 
136(a), on an enabling environment for mobilization of 
resources by, inter alia, women's organizations, as 
appropriate, CHINA specified national laws and regulations. 
China's proposal and "as appropriate" are bracketed. 
Delegates deleted 136(b) and could not agree on 136(c), 
both on partnerships.    

There was no consensus on 136(d), on poverty reduction. In 
136(e), delegates agreed on supporting work helping 
disadvantaged women access financial institutions in 
establishing sustainable means of livelihood. Placement is 
pending. They also agreed on CARICOM-amended 136(f), on 
recognizing the role and support of women NGOs and CBOs in 
implementing Agenda 21. Delegates accepted 136(g), with a 
JUSCANZ amendment on dissemination of, inter alia, gender 
sensitive information, and placement under national 
actions. In 138(e) bis, on drug problems, a reference to 
resources remains bracketed.


In paragraph 5, a group's proposal was adopted with an 
amendment referring to "harmful traditional and customary 
practices." Delegates challenged the suggestion that 
failure to meet ODA targets constrained combating poverty, 
and the reference remains bracketed.

In paragraphs 12 and 13, delegates deleted a reference to 
principles on internally displaced persons. They agreed on 
a reference to international human rights law and 
international humanitarian law. There was consensus on the 
differentiated experiences of women and men during war, and 
on a reference to excessive military spending, but some 
delegates noted "internal conflicts" was not accepted 
language. Declining international assistance for 
humanitarian assistance generated debate. Some delegates 
distinguished between it and ODA, and added there was no 
evidence that international assistance was declining. 
Delegates agreed on a reference to adequate assistance. 
Brackets remain on references to nuclear arsenals, child 
soldiers, abduction of girls, and land mines, which were 
deferred to drafting groups. 

Delegates agreed on 125G, 125D and 125J on decision-making, 
the global economy and poverty eradication. At 10:00 pm, 
delegates continued to discuss 135(e), with some preferring 
a Secretariat proposal. 


PLENARY: The Plenary will convene at 10:00 am and 3:00 pm 
in the General Assembly Hall.

WORKING GROUPS: The schedule for Working Groups I and II 
will be announced in the morning session. 

CONTACT GROUPS: A contact group will meet at 10:00 am in a 
room to be announced.

This issue of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin (c) 
 is written and edited by Tonya Barnes 
, Richard Campbell , 
Wendy Jackson , Violette Lacloche 
, Wagaki Mwangi , and 
Gretchen Sidhu . The Editor is Pamela 
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